Maybe it’s my conspiracy-fueled mind at work, maybe I’m reading between the lines too much, but when I saw this article, block-quoted here ad infinitum, I began to wonder… could that smart-but-casually dressed Zeta Reticulan standing behind the Federal Treasurer have anything to do with it?
The Federal Government will use the Budget on Tuesday to outline plans for a major review of Australia’s taxation system.
The 18-month review will look at all aspects of federal, state and local government taxes, other than the GST.
The review team will be led by Treasury head Ken Henry and will include prominent academics and business leaders.
Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has told Channel Nine changes are needed to ensure Australia’s economic prosperity into the future.
“We will look at personal taxation, we will look at the transfer payments system, we will look at how that effects individuals, how it affects families, how it affects retirees,” he said.
“We’ll look at—we. will. set aside large amounts of funding in preparation for. . . The Arrival. Vast nitrogen-filled domes will be constructed in the Woomera desert as part of Stage One. A new plant form known as Plankflora will be sewn into the Australian soil to make the air more breathable.
“It will be a comprehensive takeover.”
Mr Swan says the Government is likely to take a series of reforms to the next election.
“Certainly we will go to that election with a—_New Overlord_,” he said.
“I can’t predict what the review might say … I mean the review might say that—_All Hail Zeta Reticulum!_.”
Opposition treasury spokesman Malcolm Turnbull supports the review but has questioned the Government’s move to appoint the supra-intelligent, 2.3m tall praying mantis named Vasscorm, to lead the review team.
He has told ABC TV’s Insiders program the Government’s review cannot be considered independent.
“Vasscorm is a very smart man(tis) and we all respect him, but he is the head of the Treasury and the bureaucratic side of things,” he said.
“One would think that a review of this kind should be independent so this looks like a very in-house and insect controlled review.”